The Best-Selling SUVs in Australia

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Buying a new car can be an exciting time, but with plenty of options on the market, the decision can quickly become overwhelming. While we may get distracted by sleek looks and the power under the hood, finding a vehicle that gives you lots of space and allows you to pack away plenty for the weekend – without the price tag of a 4WD – is a no-brainer at the dealership. As a result, it’s no shock that SUVs have become such a popular choice for Aussie motorists. But which model should you be looking at?

To help narrow down your search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report card on the best-selling cars in Australia – highlighting the most popular models on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling SUVs, with September 2019 top-sellers listed below:

  • 1st Mitsubishi ASX
  • 2nd Mazda CX-5
  • 3rd Nissan X-Trail
  • 4th Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5th Toyota RAV4
  • 6th Toyota LandCruiser
  • 7th Hyundai Tucson
  • 8th Subaru Forester
  • 9th Nissan Qashqai
  • 10th Toyota Prado

#1 – Mitsubishi ASX – 2,419 sales

Adding plenty of competition to the SUV market, the Mitsubishi ASX sold over 2,400 units in September. Coming equipped with 18inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, a panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and LED mood lighting, the ASX makes each drive an experience.

The ASX also comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which is connected to a 7inch infotainment touch screen, capable of making and receiving phone calls, sorting out your music as well as a variety of other creature comforts. The interior also includes heated seats, steering wheel controls in addition to adjustable seats to help pack away those weekend camping essentials.

#2 – Mazda CX-5 – 2,355 sales

Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is one of the most prominent models in the SUV market, selling over 2,300 models in September. Available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and now the Akera models, the CX-5 provides plenty of comfort and safety for drivers, with 360° View Monitor, a 7inch LCD infotainment unit and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

Now available with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine – capable of churning out 170kW of power – the CX-5 also contains i-ACTIV AWD, which utilises real time data from 27 different monitors to improve driver safety, regardless of conditions. For those looking to put the foot down, a Kuroi Sports pack is additionally available for purchase, as is 19inch alloys and cargo illumination, to help personalise your ride.

#3 – Nissan X-Trail – 1,769 sales

One of Nissan’s longest running SUVs, the latest generation X-Trail is available in a variety of models, namely the ST, ST-L, N-Sport and T range, with drivers able to choose between petrol or diesel, and 5 or 7-seats.

Selling more than 1,700 units in September, the X-Trail includes features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, as well as a Divide-n-Hide flexible cargo system for when you need to load up for those big road trips. For creature comfort, the X-Trail also comes equipped with a 7inch touchscreen infotainment unit with built-in sat-nav, hands-free Bluetooth and keyless entry, allowing you to keep up with a busy lifestyle while staying safe on the road.

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#4 – Mitsubishi Outlander – 1,731 sales

One of Mitsubishi’s more popular models, the Outlander sold over 1,700 sales in September. Now in its third generation, the Outlander is available in either a 5-seater or 7-seater model, making it handy for motorists, regardless of how many you’re taking on a road trip.

Including Mitsubishi Motors Intuitive Technology – known as MiTEC – the Outlander includes safety features such as Blind Spot Warning and Lane Change Assist, along with Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control for an easier trip, regardless of where you’re going. The Outlander is also available in either 2WD or AWD, with a Black Edition available for those looking for a style upgrade.

#5 – Toyota RAV4 – 1,716 sales

Toyota’s medium-sized SUV, the RAV4 has long been on Aussie roads, with the model selling over 1,700 units in September. Available in GX, GXL, Cruiser and Edge varieties, drivers can also choose from a 6speed manual or 6speed automatic, with 2WD or AWD options additionally available, giving motorists plenty of options, regardless of where you do most of your driving.

Available with Toyota’s Safety Sense – which includes features such as Pre-Collision Safety, plus Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitors – RAV4 models are also available in either a 2.0L or 2.5L petrol model, with a 2.2L turbo diesel engine additionally available if you’re looking to put your foot down (within speed limits of course).

#6 –Toyota LandCruiser – 1,611 sales

The Toyota LandCruiser is a common sight out on the roads, offering a number of models, allowing over 1,600 units to be sold in September. Toyota’s longest running series model, the Land Cruiser is a popular option for those who prefer to stick to the bitumen, or those who like to adventure off-road.

With a range that consists of the GX, GXL, VX and Sahara models, the Land Cruiser is available in 5, 7 or 8-seat models, giving you plenty of room for the family. Powered with a 4.6L V8 petrol or a 4.5L Turbo Diesel engine, the Land Cruiser has plenty of grunt to get you where you need to go, along with a Multi-Terrain Select system to help the ride on the bumpiest of roads. With an Electro Multi Vision Screen also available on select models for all your tech and comfort needs, drivers can expect satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity as well as Rear Seat Entertainment systems to keep the kids happy on those long road trips.

#7 – Hyundai Tucson – 1,488 sales

The flagship SUV model for the Korean brand, the Hyundai Tucson sold under 1,500 units in September, with a range that includes the Go, Active, Elite and Highlander varieties for drivers to test out. With multiple engine types available across the Tucson range, drivers can opt for a 2WD or AWD model, with Hyundai additionally including Australian Tuned Suspension to suit the typical Aussie road trip.

With a Surround View Monitor (SVM) for increased road safety, the Tucson range also includes a panoramic glass sunroof, LED headlamps and even a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings. Additional features include water resistant seat covers, bike racks and a portable cooler for when you need to keep chilled drinks close at hand.

#8 – Subaru Forester – 1,374 sales

Now in its fifth generation, the Subaru Forester sold over 1,300 units in September, proving a popular option for those keen on an SUV. Available in a number of model varieties, the Subaru Forester features automatic transmission with a 4-cyclinder petrol engine, capable of a minimum output of 136kW.

Also featuring daytime LED running lights, dusk sensing headlights and a shark-fin antenna, the Forester’s interior additionally includes a 6.3inch Multi-Function Display unit, six speakers for all of your tunes, as well as a 60/40 split folding rear seats for when you’ve got plenty to pack away.

#9 – Nissan Qashqai – 1,350 sales

Originally known as the Nissan Dualis, the Qashqai is currently in its second generation, with the model sneaking into the top ten with over 1,300 units sold in September. Currently available in the ST, ST+, ST-L and Ti models, motorists have a few options to choose from, with both manual and automatic transmission available.

Most of the Qashqai line-up will include a 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine, as well as features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alerts, Intelligent Cruise Control and Emergency Braking, the Qashqai also includes Around-View Monitor to help with parking and increased safety for your time behind the wheel. You’ll also find 17inch wheels fitted, with Bluetooth and a leather-accented steering wheel also available, making the ride more comfortable.

#10 – Toyota Prado – 1,338 sales

One of Toyota’s more popular vehicles, the Prado fell behind bigger brother the Landcruiser, selling over 1,300 units in September. Available in a number of models, including the GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu, each with 4WD and a 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine, providing plenty of grunt.

With five and seven-seat options available for families, the Prado includes Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Adaptive Variable Suspension to make your journey comfortable, with the Kakadu model coming with Multi-Terrain Select, ideal for those off-road expeditions. With bullbars, weathershields, and roof racks also available as additional extras, the Prado would be a useful addition in any lifestyle.

Which SUV should I buy?

While seeing what other people have bought may be a good starting place if you’re in the market for a new car, the decision will be unique to your situation, as well as your preferences. Those with a larger family may be more inclined to look at large SUVs such as the Toyota LandCruiser, while those who prefer an SUV but aren’t willing to spend big may be interested in the smaller Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona. If you’re also interested in finding out what is the most popular model on Aussie roads, head on over to our top selling cars page.

As with any big decision, it’s best to do your research before you step into a dealership, as factors such as fuel economy, safety, technology and extras could all sway your final decision, with each brand and SUV usually available with a variety of models. Comparing SUVs may be time-consuming, but will have been worth it when you get behind the wheel of your dream car, knowing you drove away with a good deal.

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